The man who came to, finally, give me Internet service again told me that while he’s a long time Democrat, he’s been working all day and studying all night for a test he has to take Friday for work, so he hasn’t been able to follow the convention. He did, however, turn on the news Tuesday night at eleven and saw, to his amazement, Hillary Clinton. He then changed channels and saw her again. And again.
“I thought to myself,” he said, “What is Hillary doing on all the channels?”
“Thought we had been taken over by aliens?” I asked.
He laughed back, “No, just wondered what was going on.”
In case you, like my very nice and very busy Internet guy, have missed some of what’s been going on the past few days, here are some tidbits:
Thousands of Obama supporters were, at one o’clock in the afternoon Denver time, already lined up in front of the stadium where Obama is scheduled to speak eight hours later. Quite a coup. While I am sure the Republicans will use that fact to support, once again, their claim that the candidate is a “celebrity,” it seems to me that it speaks of an enthusiasm the likes of which I can’t remember since, well, maybe ever.
Meanwhile, the story of Focus on the Family's James Dobson praying for rain during Obama’s speech resurfaced, with one pundit wondering why, if Dobson is such a good Christian, he doesn’t pray for Gustav to head out into the ocean instead of scaring the hell out of New Orleans again, when they still haven’t gotten over Katrina?
Apparently, while the rest of us who saw John Kerry’s speech (carried in its entirety, as far as I can tell, only on C-Span and PBS ) heard him talk about Guantanamo and torture, Pat Buchanan didn’t, and apoplectically said so on MSNBC, whining once again about the lack of “red meat.”
In fact, almost all the media continued to decry the lack of “red meat” in all the speeches Wednesday night, while I, when the evening was over, remarked to my husband that there was so much red meat I thought that Democratic vegetarians were probably all in the bathroom symbolically throwing up. Yet, we still get the media spin on everything, and it is so often completely the opposite to what we just heard with our very own ears, that I feel as if I am in an old Superman comic; in his bizarro world where everything is cracked.
According to the Columbia Journalism Review, there are 15,000 journalists at the convention but what we seem to get over and over and over is self-congratulatory whining and a lot of idiotic crap like former McCain advisor Mike Murphy assuring us that in the privacy of the ballot box, Hillary, and probably Bill, are going to vote for McCain. Oy. That’s the best they can do? Why the heck is he on the news anyway?
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the Russians are claiming that officials in our current administration provoked the current Georgian crisis, which is clearly creepy, true or not. Who was to benefit? Not clear.
The stock market was down and now it’s up again.
Those stimulus checks worked, but it won’t last.
The Europeans love Obama, the Indians are waiting to see and Brazil is pissed because no one Wednesday night mentioned Latin America, even though it’s becoming a big player in world power.
But what gets play is the Hillary supporter who claims Obama is a Muslim, and the McCain camp, which is mocking Obama’s speech in front of pillars, despite the fact that McCain has dozens of photographs of himself in front of pillars.
Ahhh. Free speech. Democracy. And all that jazz.